Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/10

Fiscal visionaries

Healthiest congratulations to those citizens who worked so hard to help the Republican Party regain control of the House of Representatives. It was moving to see pictures of emboldened Republicans wielding axes aimed at Obama health care because it is too expensive.

These visionaries’ commitment to fiscal policy is underscored by their desire to restore the Bush tax cuts for the millionaires and billionaires. You cannot find this kind of intelligence just anywhere.

I can understand the wealthy’s interest in such a political agenda. However, I would like to ask the average GOP supporter: Should parents employ the same fiscal policies in our homes by not taking our children to the doctor — even when there is a serious need? Think of all the money we could save!

Ed Conklin

Los Osos

Stop the insanity

The end could be near for California. We already had a cradle-to-grave entitlement mentality in this state. The feeding trough just got deeper and wider after the recent election.

The state of California is like a drug addict on crack. It has to hit rock bottom facing death before it wakes up. We, as a state, have hit rock bottom with the election of Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom.

In the long run, it might be a blessing. Things will get worse for the average citizen. This should push us over the edge to say enough is enough. The Democrats and deep-rooted state unions are bankrupting this state.

We must organize to systematically and methodically go after and expose them at every level. A grassroots effort by the citizens. We must get in their face daily and reveal their selfish motives at every forum over and over. Beat them at their own game.

The truth will prevail. The Democrats and unions are very comfortable reaching into our pockets to fatten theirs without any guilt and then asking for more. Let’s stop the insanity.

Jim Shannon II


Some baseball stats

Baseball has more statistics than you can imagine. Here are some that are guaranteed to take the wind out of Dodgers fans’ sails. They have been very useful to this Giants fan since our glorious victory.

World Series appearances:

Giants: 18; and Dodgers: 18.

World Series wins:

Giants: 6; and Dodgers: 6.

They are tied for second place in both categories. The nasty, yucky Yankees are, of course, in first.

I am counting the days until spring training 2011.

Ray Monson


Great community

Five Cities Meals on Wheels would like to thank all who contributed to the success of our mid-October fundraiser. A special thank you to Richard and Gloria Cowles and Charles Tenborg for their generous support.

We have been able to continue our mission for the past 35 years because we live in a great community. If you know someone that could use our help, please give us a call.

Thea Wendorf

Five Cities Meals on Wheels director

Hospice month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time when hospice care providers are working to educate people about the range of issues regarding end-of-life care.

Nationally, more than 1.5 million patients were served by hospice last year. In our community, Hospice Partners of the Central Coast provided hospice care to more than 1,000 patients and their families.

The goal of hospice care is to provide terminally ill patients a means to achieve what is needed most as they reach the end of their life: freedom from pain, emotional and spiritual support and the ability to control the direction of their own care.

Hospice serves to support quality of life by helping families adjust to and cope with the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of a life-threatening illness.

Families are also provided grief counseling by bereavement counselors for at least 13 months afterwards and are guided to other community resources as needed.

Hospice Partners of the Central Coast is committed to informing our community about the benefits of hospice and palliative care.

The most common statement made by families who chose hospice for their loved one is, “We wish we had known about hospice sooner.”

If you would like information, please call us at 782-8608.

Laurie Lackland

Hospice Partners of the Central Coast